Research Technologist 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Full/Part Time:


The Toews Lab at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to hire a Research Technologist / Lab Manager. The person will generate and analyze high-throughput DNA sequencing data to address several evolutionary and ecological questions regarding the diversification of wood warblers. Two active projects the technologist will help manage: comparative genomics amongst several species of wood warblers from whole-genome resequencing data and using fecal metabarcoding data to understand the diets of insectivorous birds in diverse forest communities. The candidate will coordinate data collection and sample storage. They will also assist in helping develop and apply new molecular and analytical tools to these projects, and independently assess the feasibility and cost effectiveness of these new methods. The candidate will be responsible for helping train students and postdocs with laboratory methods as well as some specialized equipment. The candidate will also help foster a safe, productive, and collegial lab environment. The candidate will work with the PI (Toews) on effective communication of the data and will hopefully co-author subsequent publications. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus seven years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A MSc or a Ph.D. degree in biology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genomics, or a related field is preferred, and/or experience from biotech or informatics positions. Comprehensive knowledge of high-throughput sequencing library preparation, and bioinformatics analysis is highly preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088